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Telegram Messaging App Gains End-to-End Encrypted Video Calling

Monday August 17, 2020 1:59 am PDT by
Secure messaging app Telegram has announced the launch of a video calling feature for its iOS app that the company says is end-to-end encrypted, just like phone calls and text-based messages conducted over the chat platform. Calls can be started from a contact's profile page. All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown...

Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple With EU

Thursday July 30, 2020 3:52 am PDT by
Apple is facing another antitrust complaint in Europe, this time from the developers of encrypted messaging app Telegram. In a complaint to the EU Commission, the app's creators argue that Apple must give iOS users the opportunity to download software outside of the App Store. The Financial Times reports: In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more...

Russia Ends Ineffective Ban on Telegram Encrypted Messaging App

Friday June 19, 2020 2:16 am PDT by
Russia this week lifted a nearly two-year ban on messenger app Telegram after it failed to prevent the encrypted platform from being widely used, reports Reuters. Some Russian media portrayed the move as a capitulation, but the country's media regulator Roskomnadzor said the company had shown "willingness" to help with counterterrorism efforts. "Roskomnadzor is dropping its demands to...

Telegram Gains Silent Messages, Group Chat 'Slow Mode', Night Themes, and More

Monday August 12, 2019 3:09 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has received an update that brings a new silent messaging feature to the app, amongst other things. After applying the update, Telegram lets you send a message to someone and their device won't make an audible notification sound when they receive it, even if they forgot to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Holding the Send button reveals the new option to...

Telegram Update Brings Location-Based Chats, Add People Nearby Option, and More

Tuesday June 25, 2019 4:12 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has pushed out an update that introduces a number of new location-based features, including the ability to Add People Nearby. Users of the chat app can open Contacts -> Add People Nearby to quickly exchange contact info with Telegram users who are standing next to them and also have the same section of the app open. The new People Nearby section also...

Telegram Messenger Service Suffers Cyberattack Originating From China

Thursday June 13, 2019 4:22 am PDT by
The CEO of messaging service Telegram has suggested that a recent cyber attack on the encrypted chat platform was the work of the Chinese government as part of an attempt to disrupt use of the app to coordinate ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the messaging service experienced a "state actor-sized" distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack yesterday and this...

Telegram 5 Gains In-App Notifications and Swift Code Rebuild for Faster Speeds

Saturday September 29, 2018 3:50 am PDT by
Telegram received a major update today that includes new in-app notifications and a complete rewrite of the encrypted messaging app in Apple's Swift coding language, resulting in all-round faster performance and better energy efficiency. On the face of it, the Telegram 5.0 interface looks just like the previous version, but the developers say that rebuilding the app in Swift has made it...

Telegram Gets First Update After Six Week App Store Lockout

Friday June 1, 2018 1:47 pm PDT by
Telegram today received its first update in two months after an App Store update lockout caused by a dispute with the Russian government and Apple. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov yesterday explained that Apple had been blocking updates to the Telegram app on a worldwide scale since April, when the Telegram app was banned in Russia. As back story, Russia in April banned Telegram because Telegram ...

Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Been 'Preventing' iOS App Updates Since Russia's Ban in April

Thursday May 31, 2018 8:15 am PDT by
In April, the Russian government banned secure messaging app Telegram and this month asked Apple to remove it from the iOS App Store completely in the country, citing the potential for terrorist communication via the app since Telegram refused to allow Russia to read user messages. As this unfolds, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov posted an update for users early this morning in an effort to explain why...

Russia Demands Apple Remove Telegram From Russian App Store

Tuesday May 29, 2018 11:54 am PDT by
The Russian government has asked Apple to help it block Telegram, the secure messaging app that's highly popular in the country, reports WCCFTech. A Russian court in April ordered carriers and internet providers in the country to block Telegram back in April, after Telegram refused to provide Russia with backdoor access to user messages. Telegram, for those unfamiliar with the app, offers ...

Russia Bans Access to Telegram Encrypted Messenger Service [Updated]

Friday April 13, 2018 3:29 am PDT by
A Russian law court has ordered that access to the Telegram encrypted messaging service should be blocked, according to Russian news agencies on Friday (via Reuters). The development follows last week's news that Russia's media regulator had filed legal proceedings to block the app in the country because the company refused to enable state security services to access users' messages. The...

Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform

Friday April 6, 2018 4:11 am PDT by
Russia appears to be following through on its threat last year to block access to the Telegram encrypted messaging platform. The BBC reports today that the Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys. Telegram was given a deadline of 4 April to hand ...

Apple Pulls Telegram Messenger From App Store for 'Inappropriate Content' [Update: Returned]

Thursday February 1, 2018 3:04 am PST by
Apple has pulled popular encrypted messenger app Telegram from the App Store, following reports of "inappropriate content" hosted on the platform that violated Apple's developer guidelines for iOS apps. Users first noted Telegram's absence late on Wednesday via Reddit, after App Store searches for the app began returning results for Viber, Skype, and Messenger instead. Both the original app...

Telegram Messenger 4.5 Update Brings Albums, Saved Messages, and Better Search

Wednesday November 15, 2017 4:49 am PST by
Encrypted messenger app Telegram received an update today that brings additional features and enhancements to the platform, including media albums, saved messages, and an improved search function. Starting with Telegram 4.5, whenever users send multiple photos or videos they will be grouped into albums. Each album can include up to 10 photos or videos, which are displayed in chat threads as...

Afghan Government Moves to Block WhatsApp, Telegram Messaging Services

Saturday November 4, 2017 9:47 am PDT by
Afghanistan's government has ordered a block on messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, according to a letter sent to the country's internet providers that was widely shared over social media on Saturday. The letter was reportedly sent to Afghan ISPs after the country's National Directorate for Security ordered the move, in what some observers believe is an attempt to prevent use of the...

Telegram Chat App Gains Reply/Mention Alerts, Twitch Video Support, and More

Monday September 4, 2017 2:46 am PDT by
Encrypted chat platform Telegram pushed out a new iOS app update on Sunday, with a new reply/mentions alert system among several other tweaks and improvements. Since 2015 when Telegram first introduced the reply feature, the maximum group chat size has increased from a maximum 200 members to 10,000. As a result, new user mentions and replies in group chats can happen several times a day....

Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video and Photo Messages

Monday July 24, 2017 1:11 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging app Telegram received an update on Sunday that makes it the latest chat platform to embrace Snapchat-style disappearing messages. Up until now, Telegram users have only been able to send text-based "secret chats" that self-delete, but in version 4.2 of the app they can now share videos and photos armed with a self-destruct timer. Timers are set using the clock icon in ...

Encrypted Chat App Telegram to Remove Terrorist Content Following Ban Threat in Indonesia

Monday July 17, 2017 3:37 am PDT by
Telegram is to form a team of moderators to remove terrorist-related content from the encrypted messaging platform in Indonesia, after the country's government threatened to ban the app. Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has already blocked access to the web version of the chat platform, citing concerns that it was being used to spread "radical and terrorist...

Russia Threatens to Ban Encrypted Messaging App Telegram

Friday June 23, 2017 3:58 am PDT by
Russia has threatened to block access to the Telegram messaging platform unless the company that runs the app provides more information about itself (via Sky News). The head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said repeated efforts to obtain the information had been ignored by the company and warned that "time is running out" for the app. "There is one demand and it ...

Telegram Encrypted Messenger Gains Video Support, Bot Payments, and More

Friday May 19, 2017 3:56 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram received a significant update today, bringing video messaging, bot payments, and other new features to the chat app. In version 4.0 of Telegram, users can activate video messaging with a tap of the mic icon to switch to camera mode, or tap and hold the icon to record a quick video clip. Swiping up while recording enables handsfree mode, which works with...